Selling Out to Stick Around?

"We are not the aloof, entitled, shallow generation that’s been depicted in the media. We care deeply about corporate responsibility, we’re interested in learning more, and we know what we want when it comes to work and play. We believe in science and reason and tolerance and inclusion—all of which are important traits in policy-makers and innovators."

Why local millennials want to stay here, and what they're doing to make it possible

Photo by: Hannah Letinich

A new chapter for Wayne

Forterra’s purchase of Wayne Golf Course tees up the 89-acre property for permanent protection as parkland—creating a huge new green space in the middle of our crowded metropolis. But we financed its purchase with a loan and we have limited time to pay it back.

Learn how we're working to save Wayne

Forterra: Save Wayne at Wayne Golf Course in Bothell, Washington, on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
Photo by: Danny Ngan

So Much Here: Excerpts from the Shelf Life Community Story Project

The more people I talk to, the more I begin to see the Central Area as an intricate constellation of stories connecting generations of residents and all the hard work they’ve done to stay put and build and thrive. There are lots of bright stars in that constellation, where many stories intersect. The Red Apple, at the corner of South Jackson Street and 23rd Avenue South, is one of them.

Read about the Red Apple Market

Photo by: Inye Wokoma

The Secret City Life of Raccoons

“Urban wildlife,” that’s what scientists call raccoons that are now thriving in our cities. Raccoons are fascinating scientists as they move into our urban areas in record numbers.

Explore the Nocturnal City Life of Raccoons

Tired mom raccoon
Photo by: Robin Lindsey

Growing Bold

Western Washington is a gardener’s paradise. Most of us stick to the predictable assortment of fruits and veggies... More recently, immigrants and refugees have been growing a cosmopolitan cornucopia. These are the upstarts, rebels and future favorites of the Pacific Northwest garden.

Edible plants finding a home in our gardens

Perspectives

A place for sharing ideas and inspiring actions. We invite all thinkers and doers, writers and artists, creators and implementers to challenge us, engage us, inform us with words and images and sounds.
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Hugelkultur

Hugelkultur, have you heard of it? It’s like active composting while growing plants. This approach is believed to have originated in Europe as a technique for growing plants in places with harsh climates and short growing seasons. Directly translating to “hill culture,” it’s not fully known whether the name came from the hill-like garden it creates, or because it originated in the hill-towns of Europe.

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Breakthrough at 23rd and Union will help sustain the historic Central District

Innovative land deal for “most controversial block in Seattle” makes a mark for inclusion and affordability in Seattle’s rapidly-changing Central District. Forterra teams with Africatown, Lake Union Partners, and Yesler Community Collaborative to make it possible.

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Empower Happy Hour

What are the most impactful personal and business choices you can make to fight climate change? We recently posed this question to over 50 people at Empower Happy Hour—an event we co-hosted with Green Canopy Homes designed to bring people together and spark conversation about topics that matter in our community.

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Fighting Climate Change One Tree at a Time

Over 2,000 trees were planted this year as a part of Forterra’s Evergreen Carbon Capture program and we have a lot of people to thank for making it happen!

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Selling Out to Stick Around?

Acres of proverbial ink have been spilled parsing the nuances of my generation. Depending on who you ask, we’re either lazy, entitled, and waiting, palms up, for our participation trophies, or we’re going to save the planet with our empathy and generosity. We’re saddled with debt, we’re under-employed, and yes, some of us moved back to our parent’s houses.

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Let There Be Green!

The Pacific Northwest is known for its lush flora year round, but each spring we are again reminded of its awe-inspiring emerald qualities. This week we are singing the praises of a few of our favorite native plants in celebration of Native Plant Appreciation Week!

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A Backyard Cosmological Event

The weather so far this spring has been as dour and soggy as any of the past 37 that I’ve lived here in the PNW. This Saturday morning was different. Twenty-five days past the equinox and this mid-April day was leaning in and living up to its place on our Gregorian calendar. Accordingly, I was sitting and sunning outside, thinking about the cosmological event in miniature that I witnessed last summer.

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Forterra Statement on Confrontations at 23rd and Union

Forterra is committed to securing places that are keystones of a sustainable, equitable future in our region—from wildlands, to working farms and forests, to places in our cities for affordable housing, parks and cultural centers.

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Love Trees? Become a Tree Ambassador!

Trees for Seattle is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for new Tree Ambassadors! Tree Ambassadors are volunteers who help care for and protect Seattle’s trees.

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2017 Forterra Annual Breakfast

The Forterra Annual Breakfast once again brought together an amazing community of diverse, talented people. And we know that it takes all of us to secure the future we want for this region—from conserving lands and stewarding them, to seeding livelihoods for all.

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Keystone Urban Real Estate

As part of our work to secure places that are keystones of a positive future around Puget Sound, Forterra is helping groups in the community that are trying to acquire land for needs like affordable housing, local small businesses, arts and cultural centers, and urban agriculture.

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Top 7 Takeaways From Our Millennial Panel

Our all-millennial panel explored environmentalism, affordability, ambivalence towards labels and more.

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Forterra Celebrates its Current and Past AmeriCorps Members

In honor of AmeriCorps Week 2017, we are excited to celebrate the major impact that AmeriCorps and other service corps have on Forterra, Forterra’s managed lands, and many of us who work here.

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Washington’s Early-Bloomers

The official start of spring is less than a month away, which means it’s that time of year when we will start to see some petals and color popping back into our local landscapes. Find out which native flowers you can expect to see in the coming weeks throughout Washington.

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Forterra and Africatown make an offer at 23rd & Union

Forterra and Africatown Community Land Trust are working together to secure a continued place for the historically-black community in Seattle’s Central District. We hope to team in the redevelopment of Midtown Center, a 2.4-acre property at 23rd & Union, and have made a proactive, pragmatic offer to purchase the property after another buyer’s offer was withdrawn.

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Invasive Species Awareness Week

On a basic level, most invasive species are non-native organisms (plant, animal, insect, etc.) that have been ‘introduced’ into an environment. This year, in honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, we asked the experts what their “favorite” invasive is and the gory details behind their love-hate relationship with these plants.

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Ampersand Live

A Seattle couple is awed by an emotional Ampersand Live

Bob and Sue Mecklenburg were so moved by our stage show, they wrote about it to their friends and family. Read their words here.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Author & biologist Thor Hanson

Author & biologist Thor Hanson shares a story in rhyme about Beatrice Beaver

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A Monograph to Write, My Friends

Someday I may write a monograph, which I will start by describing a trip last summer to Chickamin Lake. What a place.

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Winter Weekends at SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park Kicks Off

More than 50 children (and their parents) gathered at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park on Sunday for art making, movie watching and some science learning. Forterra partnered with Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and Pacific Science Center for the launch of this year’s first Kid’s Saturday of Winter Weekends at the park.

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Reflections on Inauguration Day

Well friends, we have now had our 44th back-to-back peaceful transfer of power, to the 45th occupant of our Nation’s Presidential Office. We are six weeks shy of two centuries and twenty years since Washington handed the reigns to Adams. No coups, no assassinations by the opposition, no revolutions; but, yes, one immensely bloody civil war with scars still raw over 150 years later. Still, it is a remarkable history.

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Community members plant and restore local green spaces on MLK Jr. Day

Since 2007, I’ve spent MLK Day serving my community in any capacity than I can. I’ve helped restore trails with the Washington Trails Association. I’ve helped clean up a Boys and Girls Club. I’ve painted walls at a women’s shelter. This year, I wanted to join our Green Cities Partnership to learn more about their restoration efforts—and to get some work done.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Poet Emrys Foster

Poet Emrys Foster shares a piece entitled “Noctivagant: the Night Wanderer”

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2016 Ampersand Live: Photographer Amy Gulick

Photographer Amy Gulick’s curiosity fueled her search to figure out just why are there salmon in the trees—the answer might be “unbearable”

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